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April 8th, 2014 at 9:03 am

Apps for Expectant and New Parents

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Baby on the way? Congratulations! Such an exciting, expectant, and nerve wracking time, especially if it’s your first. So much to learn, so much information about what to do and not to do. It can be overwhelming. But, while there’s no app for the hard parts, there are plenty of apps that can help you prepare.

Hello Baby app for iPhone  is a great way to learn about all of the stages of growth of your baby during pregnancy. It’s full of images and information that can help you understand the magic that is happening in the womb.

There is also the What to Expect apps for both pregnancy and the early years. This trusted series of books has been invaluable for so many of us as we navigate all of the stages of babyhood.

Sprout ($4, iPhone only) is another really helpful app for information and tips on pregnancy, weight tracking, prepping for doctor visits and what to know about all that’s happening to your body right up to timing your contractions.

Baby Bump is another app that not only provides information on your pregnancy but also has a social networking component so you can share your experiences with other moms-to-be.

And if baby is here, how about something to help with nursing, and tracking your newborn’s progress in those critical early weeks and months? WebMD Baby  provides many resources and really useful information about sleep, growth, feeding, and milestones to help you through the fraught early days of caring for your child.

I wish these apps were available when my kids were born, especially in the middle of the night when you just didn’t want to call mom, again!

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March 26th, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Outfit of the Week

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We just love this set because it’s so girly and adorable! The bubblegum pink color of the creeper and tee is perfect for spring and summer. The lace ruffle tee is a pretty and delicate top that goes well with the soft indigo denim jeggings. For a more casual look, pair the the jeggings with the cute giraffe graphic creeper.

You can find this outfit in Walmart stores and on Walmart.com!

Garanimals Newborn Girls 3-Piece Creeper and Pant Set 

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February 28th, 2014 at 5:00 am

Quick Tips to Lose the Mommy Weight

photoAre you dealing with losing that last 10-15 lbs that you gained while you were pregnant? Here are some tips your can use to help lose the mommy weight.

Portion Size – Think about the actual portions of food you are eating. Make sure the plate you are filling has the correct proportions according to the food pyramid plate. Also, while you are filling that plate be sure to look at the size of the plate you are using. A regular dinner plate is a lot bigger than what you should be using. I like to use a salad plate because it looks like it is overflowing when I fill it up.

Snacks – One of my biggest downfalls is snacking throughout the day. Part of the downfall is the portion of the snack I am eating. Do you ever eat your child’s snacks and end up eating a lot more than you should? Think about pre-bagging your snack selections. Always have a snack in your purse or diaper bag to grab on the go when you are hungry.

Breakfast – You’ve heard that breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. This is so true! It starts your day off right and sets your hunger for the rest of the day.

Water – Drinking water will help curb your appetite. While you are eating be sure to sip some water between your bites. This will help you feel fuller faster!

Exercise –  Exercise isn’t easy when you are a mom, especially a new one.  Try to get some exercise in while you are going about your day. Check out this Pinterest board for ways to exercise with baby.

Planning – If you schedule your meals, snacks and exercise then you have less decisions that are made with your stomach instead of your head. Also, try to eat at the table when you are hungry. Distracted eating makes you eat more than you planned on or need to!

Hope these tips help you to lose that last chunk of baby weight! What are some of your tried and true ways to shed the pounds?

 

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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November 1st, 2013 at 7:57 am

Choosing a Baby Name

nameMost of us torment over this… what should we name our child. Those of us who choose not to know the gender our child have to find a name for a girl and one for a boy. Plus, when your partner has specific ideas of what to name your child and you have others, it is a whole other conversation.

You look at the initials, the different spellings, how it sounds with a middle and last name, what nicknames the child might obtain, what rhymes with it… and the list goes on.

Some of us put the weight of the world on a name. Will this name fit a future president? Does the meaning of the name mean success or something regal? I remember going through a book of 1,000 names to narrow it down to two. From the moment I found out I was pregnant, nights were spent before bed looking for that one perfect name.

When I named the boys we used Scottish names.  My husband’s family is Scottish and he felt it was important to use names from their heritage. Recently I came across this link showing maps of the most popular girl and boy names by decade. It’s interesting to see the different areas of the country and the popular names.

For those of you in the throws of the great name search, here is a list of the 2013 most popular names.

What names do you love for kids?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

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March 6th, 2013 at 4:01 pm

DIY Projects for Moms-To-Be

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New babies are a huge expense, from diapers and clothes to formula and crib furniture, so it’s understandable that many moms-to-be look for do-it-yourself projects that will save some money. You don’t even have to be crafty to make these great items that will help you take care of your newborn baby!

Baby Wipes

Newborns go through a lot of diapers per day, and that means even more wipes! This DIY wipes tutorial will help you make your own.

Door Latch Cover

There’s nothing worse than finally getting your baby to sleep, only to have them wake up crying when the door closes too loudly! Muffle the sound with this cool door latch cover you can make from almost any material.

No-Sew Floor Pillow

This is a great one for those of you with no craft experience. So comfy for baby!

Diaper Clutch

When you’re on the go and your baby is crying for a fresh diaper, you need those diapers and wipes RIGHT AWAY. This diaper clutch will keep them together and in an easy-to-spot pouch.

Nursing Cover

Nurse your babies in style with this pretty nursing cover!

Stacking Rings

Once the baby is old enough, these stacking rings are great for developing motor skills. Make them out of fabrics in pretty colors and prints that will catch their eye!

e any DIY projects for your upcoming bundle of joy?

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January 24th, 2013 at 11:01 am

Introducing Baby to the Family Pet

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Most of us with pets consider them to be a part of the family… sometimes even our first “babies” (or “fur babies”). It’s quite an adjustment for them when we suddenly have another little bundle that takes up a lot of our time, energy, and affection. Having babies and pets living under the same roof requires some planning, both before you deliver and when you first bring your newborn home. Here are some tips for making sure you all become one big happy family!

Before Delivery:

Research the hazards

Diseases can be transferred from your pet to you, and from you to your unborn baby. You may have heard of the dangers of the cat’s litter box. If you are pregnant and cannot have someone else change the litter, wear rubber gloves.

Prepare your pet

  • If your pet has any obedience or training issues, now’s the time to address them. Consider a training class at your local pet store or do some training research to handle it yourself. Be consistent and firm and keep treats on hand! Doing so will ensure your pet will listen to you when your baby is home.
  • Make sure you keep their coats washed and nails trimmed to avoid scratching and shedding issues.
  • Schedule a vet visit before your due date to make sure they are up to date on vaccinations.
  • Familiarize your pet with the smells and sounds of a baby with baby powder and audio of babies crying (you’d be surprised how animals react to new sounds and smells!).

After Delivery:

  • Have a family member bring home a blanket or item of clothing the baby has been wrapped in, and let your pet smell it. Some pets will enjoy sleeping with it once they are familiar with it.
  • When you come home from the hospital, your pet will likely be excited to see you. Let someone else hold the baby in another room while you greet your pet calmly and show it love. Once they are calm and collected, bring the baby in and carefully let them see and smell him or her. Give them treats for good behavior around the baby.
  • Always supervise interactions between your child and your pets. While you may be convinced your pet would never hurt them, it’s important to remember that they sometimes don’t know their own strength or roughness.
  • Try to stick to your pets’ routines as best as you can. It may be difficult so enlist your family members to help if necessary. Remember to give them lots of love and affection and involve them in your new baby’s life.
  • Sometimes it’s best to wait to introduce your new baby to your pet. Birds, reptiles, rodents and some other caged animals require different care than a cat or dog. Keep them separate until your child is old enough to understand the proper way to hold and care for them.

Did you have any problems introducing your bundle of joy to your pets? Share some of your own tips and tricks!

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March 19th, 2012 at 5:00 am

Stranger Danger

With my youngest, I worry about “Stranger Danger” all the time. He is super friendly to just about anyone and the concept of strangers isn’t something he fears. With warmer weather approaching (well, actually here for a brief visit in Wisconsin) I worry more and more about being able to let him play outside a bit without having to always be right next to him or have his older brother with him.

I want to share some rules I learned when my oldest went to a Safety Summer Camp a couple of years ago. Hopefully, this will be the year when he is old enough to understand.

  • Grownups who need help usually ask another grownup for help, not a child.
  • Someone is considered a stranger if you don’t know their name when they come up to you.
  • You may talk to another person if I am with you or tell you it is okay.
  • When we are in a public place I should always be able to see you? If we get seperated ask a store person for help.
  • Never go anywhere with someone you don’t know.
  • If a grow up gets closer than you would like or makes you feel scared, run away from them.
  • Never take anything from someone you don’t know.

I also intend on reading various books on the stranger topic. This will be a good refresher for my older child also.  As they get older I am sure I will have to cover the topic of strangers online, but for now that is one thing I don’t have to worry about.

How do you teach your child about strangers?

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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May 26th, 2011 at 9:08 am

Funny New Parent Stories

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Hi all, Amy here again. While Christine is still getting her footing with baby number three, I have had the pleasure of reminiscing about my early days of parenting and remembering what it felt like to have an infant. Living your life through the lens of a new baby can sometimes turn the most level-headed individual into one with not such wonderful judgement. I think when you leave the hospital with that little baby in your arms there should be a warning sticker on the receiving blanket that tells you not to operate heavy machinery or make any significant life decisions for at least a month. Sure, it is worse the first time around, but even with the next baby you still lose a few brain cells that you need to replenish. They do come back fairly quickly, but for the most part you are less than your usual self.

Do I see a bunch of new moms out there nodding their heads in agreement? I thought so.

I thought it would be fun to confess a few of my better stories about being a new parent.

Story 1: Baby is 2 weeks old. I have had a C-section and I am finally given the green light to drive. The ‘big outing’ is to the drug store to pic up some things. I dress the baby in a special outfit. I pack a full diaper bag complete with 2 changes of clothes, 5 diapers, wipes, Balmex, thermometer, Tylenol, a blanket and nail clippers. (I know, the nail clippers were the most ridiculous – was I going to stop on the side of the road and clip her nails?) I put the baby in the car with the stroller (I am sweating by now), drive the half a mile to the drug store, unload the stroller, the baby, the diaper bag (with nail clippers of course) and enter the store. It takes a total of 6 minutes to gather what I need and purchase it. It took me 4 times as long to get ready for the trip!

Story 2: Baby is crying uncontrollably all night long at 6 weeks old. There is nothing we can do to console her. Both my husband and I are walking the floor all night, trying to soothe this poor devil sweet baby. Suddenly my husband turns to me in horror and says, “What if it is internal bleeding?” I stop in my tracks, start laughing and then say, “Oh hon, I am thinking an ear infection is more likely, but thanks for the laugh.”

Story 3: This one is not mine but one that a husband relayed to me at a birthday party. He and his wife wake in the middle of the night to the baby crying. His wife tells him to go cover the baby with a blanket because she assumes he is cold. When he gets back to bed she asks if he had used the blanket that matched the bumpers. He looks at her as if she were crazy and points out that it was dark in the room and he was pretty sure the little guy couldn’t tell.

Do you have any funny new parent stories? We would love to hear them. Feel free to share in the comments.

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May 5th, 2011 at 5:00 am

Christine’s Baby Countdown Post – Week 2

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Hi all! It’s me again, Amy Zimmerman, the editor of Have You Herd? The Christine Baby Countdown continues – no baby just yet. We are going to continue the interview format giving you a peek into the goings on in Christine’s growing family. Remembering those final days of pregnancy, it is very easy for me to come up with questions for our dear friend Christine. She is so cool third time around but she is very ready to see her little girl on the outside. Feel free to send any questions in the comments that you would like me to ask Christine in the coming weeks. And of course we will keep you posted on the baby’s arrival!

What is your hospital plan for when you go into labor? Get there…fast! Seriously, that is my biggest concern. Once I am there I put myself in the hands of my doctor and the labor and delivery nurses. They are all wonderful.

You mentioned that your husband does not work that close to home, do you have a fill-in coach in case you need to get to the hospital before he can get there? My sister-in-law has graciously offered to be a stand in until he arrives. I have my parents and in-laws at the ready to pick up my kids from school if necessary and bring me to the hospital.

How many times have you clocked how long it takes to get to the hospital from your house? Well this is my third delivery at this hospital so we have this pretty down by now. The only wild card is time of day. This hospital is not close (about 20 minutes away) so if late at night we take one route and rush hour we need to take another…

How many traffic lights are there? (c’mon… I know you know!) The first route has lots of lights at least twenty… the second route has four (but potential for heavy traffic).

How many hours of labor did you have with son #1? Eleven hours

Son #2? Three hours

Is there an office pool for your delivery date? Yes…they sent it over to me.

If yes, did you enter? They sent it to me after they had already filled it out… I guess they thought I would have an unfair advantage lol.

Do you have an outfit picked out for the baby to come home in? Of course I do :) with matching hat and blankets.

Is it pink? Yep!

You can follow Christine on twitter @clopez19, please feel free to reach out to her.

 



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April 25th, 2011 at 3:00 am

Sleep when the Baby Sleeps

This weekend was the last time I will see my sister before she becomes a mother. She is due to have a baby boy in only a few short weeks. Talking with her about the baby brought me back to when I first became a mother, six short years ago.

There is so much advice you get thrown at you. It can be about nursing, taking care of yourself, caring for the baby, labor and delivery, baby necessities and more. I remember feeling so overwhelmed yet armed with information about being a mother.

Then I had Ian……

and it all went out the window. All the advice in the world cannot prepare you for the journey of motherhood.

So, as my sister and her husband asked for my wisdom this past weekend, I gave them three pieces of advice that I want to share wiht you.

The first is something so many of us hear and don’t always use - Sleep when the Baby Sleeps.

This is so important for so many reason, but mostly because you need to sleep. The dirt in the house will be there when you wake up and the laundry will get done. It is so hard to let things go, but without sleep you aren’t able to provide your child with the best you!

The second advice is something I still use today - Do what you have to, to get through the day.

Now, along with this advice obviously comes a warning if you are doing something that may be hurtful to the child that is not acceptable. Sometimes people seem so overwhelmed living up to expectations that they forget to keep their own sanity in tact.

When Ian was a baby he only napped 45 minutes at a time, with one exception. If  he were to fall asleep driving in the car , after 20 minutes of sleeping you could put him in bed and he would sleep for several hours.

So, almost every afternoon, for several months, we would drive around country roads until Ian fell asleep for 20 minutes. When we hit that magical time we would go home and he would transfer perfectly and I would get a good 3 hour afternoon nap out of him. People laughed at me because I was not only wasting time, but also money on gas. To me, it meant my sanity.

I also was told that I was creating bad sleeping habits for my son by doing this. At age 6, my son still occassionally naps on his own and is a very sound sleeper. He goes to sleep easily at nighttime, also.

The driving phase lasted about 6 months, but is what saved me. Sometimes I do this with my 3 year old who refuses to nap now, but sometimes desperately needs one. It’s what gets me through the day.

My last piece of advice to my sister was to DO what worked for HER family. Don’t worry what works for everyone else, Don’t get me wrong, the advice of others is priceless. But in the end you need to decide what schedule, feeding method, sleep arrangement, and so much more works for YOU. You are the parent and know what is best for your child in the end and if you feel something works well, don’t worry what others think. It really comes down to every family, baby, and lifestyle being different.

I am excited to become an Aunt and see my new nephew grow up as I have watched my boys. I am also excited to watch my sister start her journey into motherhood.

Kim Ross also writes at A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

 

 

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